Dance Performances & Events in Boulder County and Surrounding Areas
DANCE EVENTS FOR WINTER/SPRING 2013-2014
(See each organization’s website for additional events not listed below.)
American Vernacular Dance
AVD hosts regular dances at the Avalon Ballroom, including many with live bands like the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra and After Midnight. Doors open at 7:30pm on Dec. 31 for the annual New Year’s Eve Dance Party. The Avalon is at 6185 Arapahoe Road. www.americanvernaculardance.com.
AscenDance: Front Range of Motion
Dec. 27-28: Boulder’s AscenDance Project presents their holiday show, “Uplifted,” at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Venue and ticket information: www.ascendanceproject.com.
The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, hosts social dances all year long on its large, cushioned dance floor, and all events include a lesson. Ongoing events include zumba, tango, salsa and waltz; some are listed in this section and others can be found at www.avalonevents.org.
Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Ballet Nouveau’s professional company is now called Wonderbound, and the school is now called Colorado Conservatory of Dance; see separate listings for each.
Feb. 23-March 1: Now in its 11th year, this festival celebrates West African tradition and culture with dances, singing, drumming and storytelling. Performers include members of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble. In Boulder, Denver and other Colorado cities; check www.baobaofestival.org for the updated schedule.
Blue Moon Dance Company
Blue Moon’s performances are at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.bluemoondancecompany.com; 303-443-3262.
Through Dec. 1: “The Nutcracker” is an annual collaboration with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. 7:30pm in Macky Auditorium on the CU campus. Check www.boulderballet.org for venues and times for performances listed below.
Dec. 7-8: “The Nutcracker” with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 21-23: Stepping Out 2014
March 7-9: Storybook Ballet Student Production
May 11: Coppélia (Annual Mother’s Day performance)
Boulder International Folk Dancers
Fridays: BIFD hosts participatory folk dancing weekly at Pearl Street Studio, 2126 Pearl St. Learn the dances from 7:30-8:30pm and stick around for open dancing until 11pm. Your first visit is free, and subsequent visits are just $5. 303-449-2381; www.boulderifd.org.
Boulder Swing Dance: First Saturday Stomp
1st Saturdays: Monthly swing dances feature a healthy mix of swing-era, jump blues, jazz and blues to get everyone out on the dance floor. Come early (7-8:30pm) for an introductory lesson; then dance until midnight. At the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. 720-929-9618. For class schedules, check www.boulderswingdance.com.
Boulder Tango Studio: Tango Seminar
Dec. 6-8: Three-day event focuses on tomas, barridas and pasadas. At Boulder Tango Studio inside the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave. Schedule: www.gustavoygiselle.com.
Cindy Brandle Dance Company
Jan. 24-26: The premiere performance by this new, Boulder-based company is “In Transit,” a multimedia modern-dance performance addressing transitional moments in life and the concept that everything unfolds as it’s meant to. 8pm Fri-Sat and 7pm Sun at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.cindybrandledance.com.
Feb. 14-23: Dreams can come true, especially with the help of a fairy godmother. “Cinderella” plays at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Find ticket information for all events at www.coloradoballet.org.
Through Dec. 28: The Nutcracker
March 28-30 & April 5: Ballet Director’s Choice
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado is now called Colorado Conservatory of Dance, but the Broomfield location remains the same: 3001 Industrial Lane, #12. See www.bncdance.com for program information.
Community Contra Dances
1st and 3rd Fridays: All ages are welcome at bimonthly Community Contra Dances with live music. Lessons begin at 7:15pm and dancing runs 8-11pm at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. 303-499-1346; www.cfootmad.org.
Dec. 11: Denver’s Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble shares a sampler of their holiday program, “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum,” with Boulder audiences; see info below. Dance Bridge, a project of the Boulder Arts Commission, also lists classes, companies, workshops, festivals, info on grants and auditions and calendar listings on its website. Sign up for the newsletter to stay updated. 303-441-4391; www.artsresource.org/dance.
Dec. 4: Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema Screening, 6:30pm at Boulder Public Library; www.sanssoucifest.org
Danceophile Studio Ballroom Dance Evenings
Feb. 5, March 5, April 2: Danceophile Studio, 250 31st St., hosts monthly Ballroom Dance Evenings with instruction at 7:30pm and dancing continuing until 10pm. The studio also offers regular workshops and classes in ballroom dance, wedding dance choreography, tango, swing, salsa and more. www.danceophile.com.
Dances of Universal Peace
2nd & 4th Fridays: Weekly public dances connect people who value tolerance, peace and the sacredness of life. Boulder dances are at 7:15pm at Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive. www.dup-co.com.
Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Danse Etoile’s performance of “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” covers all the story’s important points but delivers them with a style all their own. 7:30pm Fri; 2pm and 7:30pm Sat at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Drive in Broomfield. Ticket info: www.danseetoile.org.
Saturdays: Free weekly two-hour dance journeys, open to all ages, include a warmup and an opening circle, and feature electronic dance music. 11am-1pm at the Agora Event Center, 1724 Broadway. www.boulderagora.com.
Family Dance Planet
Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19: This popular dance event for kids and parents includes a 30-minute guided-movement Playshop, complete with shakers, scarves and yoga mats to encourage creativity. 10am-noonat Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave. www.familydanceplanet.com.
Folk Dancing on the Plaza/In the Mountains
Mondays Through May 19 (except Dec. 23): The Postoley Dance Ensemble hosts free outdoor dancing experiences at the Nederland Community Center, 7-9pm. For more details including carpool info, call 303-258-2652 or check www.postoley.org.
Frequent Flyers Productions: Scrooge’s Holiday Flight
Dec. 6-8: In “Scrooge’s Holiday Flight,” Frequent Flyers’ professional and student companies collaborate on a new twist on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Fri 7:30pm; 2pm and 7:30pm Sat-Sun. At Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.frequentflyers.org.
Hannah Kahn Dance Company
This dance company regularly performs at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. Check www.hannahkahndance.org for the winter/spring schedule.
Helander Dance Theater
Feb. 21-23, 28: “Relation$#*!” is a quirky exploration of relationships, from childhood frienships to adult love. The Feb. 28 performance is at 7pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. See www.helanderdancetheater.org for ticket info and Denver venues.
Instructional & Recreational Dance
To take a class or join a troupe, visit www.getboulder.com/dance. Click on Dance Studios/Instruction in the right-hand menu to learn about movement and dance opportunities in Boulder and surrounding towns in ballroom, jazz, folk, hula, salsa, African, swing and a lot more. Listings for all ages and abilities.
Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet
Denver-based troupe performs around the country; check www.lemonspongecake.org for a schedule.
Natural Tango Festival
April 24-27: Annual three-day festival features guest teachers, live music and tango performances. Check www.naturaltangofestival.com for schedule and Denver-area venue in the spring.
Reverence Academy of Dance
Dec. 14: Ninth-annual holiday event, called “Searching for Christmas,” is a musical spectacular of song and dance featuring the characters of Frost, the Grinch, the Nutcracker and more. 2pm at Angevine Middle School, 10500 South Boulder Road. www.reverenceacademyofdance.com.
Scandinavian Fifth Saturday Bygdedans
March 29, May 31: Whenever a month contains a fifth Saturday, it’s time for a Scandinavian dance, with a wide range of Swedish and Norwegian dances for all experience levels. 8-10:30pm at Pearl Street Studio, 2126 Pearl St. www.villageartscoalition.org.
Schiff Dance Collective
April 11-12: “The Edge of Us” explores through dance how loneliness affects people’s lives and how we can create communities where people get the support they need. 8pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.schiffdance.com.
3rd Law Dance/Theater
Dec. 4-5: The Boulder-based company collaborates with digital media artist Darwin Grosse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in “Mammals That Lay Eggs.” Interactive performances are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm at BMoCA, 1750 13th St. Visit www.3rdlaw.org for details about otherevents and modern-dance classes.
University of Colorado Dept. of Theatre/Dance
Graduate and undergraduate students present dance concerts throughout the academic year on the CU campus and at other Boulder-area venues, and some are free. Venue and ticket info at http://theatredance.colorado.edu.
Dec. 6-7 & April 25-26: Fresh (free)
Jan 17-18: Settle (free)
Feb. 14-16: Catapult
March 7-9: The Current
April 19: Ubuntu African Festival
Village Arts Coalition
VAC brings together dozens of local folk-arts groups and publishes Stomp!, a bimonthly newsletter. See www.villageartscoalition.org for Boulder County dance opportunities.
Feb. 14-16: The professional dancers of Wonderbound join with the Confluence String Quartet to present “Love,” an evening of live music, dance and romance. realism. At the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave. in Denver. www.wonderbound.com.
- Dec. 14-22: The Nutcracker